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How Humans Can Be Selfish And SelfLess At The Same Time

Carina Kolodny | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

Can capitalism encompass both doing well and doing good? Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus believes it can. At the World Economic Forum in D...

The Daily Practice That Changed My Life

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Daily giving has brought me closer to my family and to my community. It has enriched and blessed my life. The initial impulse to be more connected to and engaged in my giving -- has resulted in me receiving so much more than I've given.

In Jordan, Women's Small Change Makes Big Change-- And A Step Toward The MDGs

Salam Kanaan | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Salam Kanaan

One by one, the women step forward and put coins or ragged bills in a metal dish. Most can't give more than one Jordanian dinar -- about $1.33. Even that dinar is a sacrifice, but the women do it because they know the power of saving together.

Millennials Will Reinvent Charity | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact

My niece Sarah is one of the do-gooders with an entrepreneurial bent who's blurring nonprofit and for-profit activities. Through micro-lending, Ind...

Are Haiti's Cholera Victims Warren Buffett's "Girls in the Convertible?"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.31.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Are Fonkoze and Mercy Corps unwittingly helping major stockholders in the reinsurance firm Swiss Re turn Haitian women into Buffett's "girl(s) in the convertible?"

On the Road in Rwanda

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 01.17.2012 | World
Marcia DeSanctis

Here in Karama, the Tubeho Association, which consists of 76 women and 34 men all afflicted with HIV, decided on honey as not only a logical high-return commodity indigenous to the fertile hills of Southeast Rwanda.

Thanks for the opportunity, Starbucks. Now let's create some jobs!

Nell Merlino | Posted 12.31.2011 | Small Business
Nell Merlino

This is a story about the potential ordinary Americans have to make a difference when it comes to job creation, and we have Starbucks to thank for it....

Sam Adams Launches Micro-Loans For Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs

Grub Street New York | Posted 06.06.2011 | Home

The Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams, is looking to distribute up to a million dollars in micro-loans this year, all through its Brewing the...

Small Good News: Maria Shriver Says, Show Me The Money

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

If we have learned anything this year, it is the first rule of Ponziconomics: If an investment sounds too good to be true, it undoubtedly is. ... Change The World With $25 And A Click

Janet Kinosian | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Kinosian

For as little as $25, anyone in the world can log on to and loan an entrepreneur somewhere in the world the money to improve their business.

From Machete To Microfinance: A Double Amputee's Recovery

Nicholas Sabin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nicholas Sabin

Yenku Sesay looks down where his hands used to be. He answers my question with a sickening quickness: "1998. May 6. 10am." That was when the rebel ar...

Micro Lending Is Sweet

Jaime Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jaime Acosta

This is what so distinctive about Kiva: it allows lenders to find entrepreneurs who they can connect with.